How To Stop Your Brain From Worrying Too Much
There’s a healthy amount of worry which keeps you on your toes and helps you make thoughtful decisions by assessing risks. But as with all things, too much worry can be detrimental to your mental and physical health. If you’re a natural worrier, you might be wondering how you can possibly stop. You probably don’t even know where to start. Here are some tips to help you keep your worrying under control.
The idea around making lists is to remove the worry from your head and put it somewhere else. Pen and paper are best to use because the act of physically writing and getting your worries out is therapeutic. Think about everything you’re worried about and write it down. You may not even have to do anything with that list, but it may help just getting the worry out.
You have to accept that you’re not always going to know how things are going to work out. Embrace the uncertainty that comes with life. That doesn’t mean throw your hands up and give up, but you have to realize that there are just some things out of your control.
If you’re set on worrying and have a hard time letting it go, set yourself a worrying time. Pick a time of day or an amount of time and allow yourself to worry only during that time. Once your time is over, make a deal with yourself that you’ll let that particular worry go for the time being.
Sometimes when we worry, the thoughts in our heads build up to such a degree that we get ourselves into a frenzy. Find someone to talk out your worries or talk to yourself! You might find that by saying them out loud, they aren’t as bad as you thought. Also, like writing, getting your worries out of your head is therapeutic.
Have you ever noticed that worries and sadness are amplified at night? It’s because you’re tired and your defenses are down. Getting restful sleep can help you let go of some of those worries. Sometimes the light of day after a good rest can give you a whole different perspective.
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